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Roller Boogie (1979)

PG | | Drama, Music | 21 December 1979 (USA)
Skaters band together to keep their roller-disco open.

Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writers:

Barry Schneider (screenplay), Irwin Yablans (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Terry Barkley
Jim Bray ... Bobby James
Beverly Garland ... Lillian Barkley
Roger Perry ... Roger Barkley
James Van Patten ... Hoppy (as Jimmy Van Patten)
Kimberly Beck ... Lana
Sean McClory ... Jammer Delany
Mark Goddard ... Thatcher
Albert Insinnia ... Gordo
Stoney Jackson ... Phones
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... D.J.
Christopher S. Nelson Christopher S. Nelson ... Franklin (as Chris Nelson)
Patrick Wright ... Sgt. Danner
Dorothy Meyer Dorothy Meyer ... Ada
Shelley Golden Shelley Golden ... Mrs. Potter
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Storyline

Beyond ensuring that she makes it into Julliard as a flautist for the upcoming fall term, wealthy Lillian and Roger Barkley largely neglect their teenaged daughter, Terry Barkley. Although Terry doesn't try to hide the facts from them, her parents have no idea that she hates the flute and the associated music, has no desire to attend Julliard, and spends all her time on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks with her friend Lana roller skating on the Venice Beach boardwalk with the legions of other roller skaters. There, she attracts the attention of Bobby James, the hotshot skater who rightly believes he is headed to the next Olympics. Terry initially rebuffs Bobby's advances, until she asks him to teach her how to dance so that they can compete in the upcoming roller boogie contest at Jammer's, the local skating rink owned by Jammer Delaney, a former roller derby star. Terry and Bobby's relationship eventually becomes more than just about skating. But the roller boogie contest and ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

It's love on wheels!

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Challengers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$767,854, 23 December 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,253,715
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the final scene with Terry and Bobby, you can see the sign for a bookstore. Small World Books is an independent bookstore that is still operating today at the same location on Venice Beach. See more »

Goofs

The first time Bobby offers to show Terry some fancy skate moves at the beach boardwalk, he says "Come on, I'll show you. It's easy." He smiles wide at Terry the whole time, and his mouth never moves. See more »

Quotes

Bobby James: Hey, if I teach you to skate it's because I want to. You get it? I'll call the shots! Whatever I say, goes. I'm not interested in your money.
Terry Barkley: Okay.
Bobby James: Deal?
Terry Barkley: Deal!
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Connections

Referenced in Rollerboogie III (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Roller Boogie
by Mavis (as Aller)/ Bob Esty (as Esty)
Performed by Bob Esty
Courtesy of Casablanca Records and Filmworks Inc.
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See Linda Blair skate that career into oblivion.
5 January 1999 | by jeff-150See all my reviews

Finally getting a chance to see this film was kind of a let down. Contrived is one word to describe it. Great dance sequence scenes, and Venice Beach parts are cool, but the crappy rich kids vs. poor kids theme made me want to gag (how 80's). Blair is flawless, but even she can't rescue this one. This is how Disco started to get a bad name.


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